Spring comes early in Cornwall – the official announcement comes when the first Cornish Magnolia are in flower around the beginning of March.
Spring is the perfect time to plan a visit to the gardens of Cornwall. The snowdrops show up in January, then the daffodils and once they have died away the bluebells appear and create a carpet of blue that will amaze you while their heavenly scent will awaken your senses.
The great gardens offer much to do for all ages, children run free and gardeners are amazed and inspired. A wonderful day out any time of year!
Here are our magnificent seven:
These beautiful gardens in Madron nr Penzance are open from February to October (closed Friday and Saturday). Enjoy the incredible Rhododendron Macabeanum that flowered for the first time in Britain at Trengwainton.
Set in a wonderful landscape just outside Penryn. Open for the 2018 season on Easter Sunday. This is the most fantastic garden for seeing Cornish Bluebells in May.
Wander up the hillside of this incredible, subtropical garden and take in the views across Mount’s Bay. Enjoy the exotic planting, unique sculptures, camera obscura and underground domed chamber especially built to take in the view of the sky. There are surprises around every corner! Open from 12th February. Delicious meals are served at The Kitchen with an adjacent garden shop.
Visiting Trewithen is a full day out! Explore the camera obscura, The Tea Shop and wonderful gardens. The House was rebuilt in 1715 by the owners and has been used in two Rosamund Pilcher films and the Estate has a rich history. Located near Truro, the gardens are open from 1st March.
Situated above the Helford River, this 26-acre garden has its own beach. A fabulous place for children too with many activities and a dedicated children’s park area with climbing frames. The lovely cafe overlooks the gardens and dogs are welcome. Rated as one of the 80 finest gardens in the UK.
With 30 acres of garden, 300 acres of countryside and Trelissick House to explore, you need a full day for this unique garden. Catch the Ferry from Falmouth or Truro (1st March onwards) and disembark at the garden quay. The gardens are set in a valley with incredible tropical planting and overlook the River Fal.
If you are staying in Porthleven holiday cottages, Heligan is an hour drive away but worth a visit. These privately owned gardens have been lovingly restored with a unique story to tell. The kitchen garden and flower gardens are a sight to behold, the farm animals and bird watching boma will delight the children and the woodland walk with its towering trees add romance to the scene. Packed with activities for all from Spring to Autumn you won’t be disappointed.